Susan W

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a lovely, winsome, "restorative" kind of book. It was wonderful to share consciousness with the narrator of this book, who is such a gentle, well-intentioned individual that your heart wells up with pride that the human race could produce such a worthy specimen. Experiencing this book is like being given a warm coat when you're freezing, or a soft bed when you're exhausted, etc. -- it's nourishing or strengthening somehow. The creation of this character is amazing -- it never for a minute feels untrue, and yet a paragon such as this could never exist. It's several days since I finished Gilead, and I am only now struck by how artificially structured the story is (to create the… Read more
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill of the Gentle, Aug. 13 2007
I spent a weekend devouring Persuasion and can think of no better way to spend two days off. In fact, I'd gladly spend a fortnight with that set of characters and their scrupulous ways.

I thought I must have read Persuasion before because I am such a big Austen fan, but it wasn't familiar. That is, the plot was familiar because it has many of the elements of a typical Austen plot; but I didn't recall any of the little idiosyncrasies of the story, and I'm sure I would have remembered the comically vain father, Sir Walter, the emo suitor, Captain Benwick, and the spoiled sister, Mary, at the very least. They are amazing.

The heroine, Anne, is preternaturally wise and… Read more